WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man who did not disclose COVID-19 related symptoms suffers from cardiac arrest on a flight.
- The man later dies in a hospital, prompting the CDC to ask for a passenger manifesto of United Flight 591 from Orlando to L.A.
- Four flight attendants have started their 14-day quarantine upon arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport.
United Airlines Flight 591 was flying from Orlando to Los Angeles when they were diverted mid-flight to New Orleans as the flight crew believed a man was suffering from a cardiac arrest.
The man later dies in a hospital. His wife was overheard telling EMTs that he had no sense of taste and smell before they took the flight. He did not disclose that he had that COVID-related symptom and others on a pre-flight checklist.
Aside from the symptoms, the man was already feeling sick before they took the flight and suffered from pre-existing conditions that included upper respiratory issues and high-blood pressure.
A spokesperson from United said in a statement, “At the time of the diversion, we were informed he had suffered a cardiac arrest, so passengers were given the option to take a later flight or continue on with their travel plans.”
According to United, they also decided that based on the nature of the emergency an aircraft change was not necessary and so the flight continued on to L.A. The passengers also opted to stay onboard the plane even after it was diverted.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has requested a passenger manifest of the flight.
United added, “Now that the CDC has contacted us directly, we are sharing requested information with the agency so they can work with local health officials to conduct outreach to any customer the CDC believes may be at risk for possible exposure or infection.”
According to the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA spokesperson Taylor Garland, upon landing at the Los Angeles International Airport, four of their flight attendant members who worked on the flight immediately started 14 days of quarantine.
In a statement Garland said, “Our union continues to provide support to the crew. We urge passengers to comply with airline COVID policies and stay home if you’re sick.”
United in a statement said, “The health and safety of our employees and customers is our highest priority, which is why we have various policies and procedures in place such as mask mandates and requiring customers to complete a ‘Ready-to-Fly’ checklist before the flight acknowledging they have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days and do not have COVID-related symptoms.”
The United States has reached a total of more than 17,401,700 COVID-19 cases with 312,500 COVID-19-related deaths.